Arsenal’s hopes of landing Alvaro Morata have been hit by the news the striker is determined to be a success at Real Madrid.
The Gunners, along with Chelsea, have been heavily linked with a move for the Spain international, but any chance of a deal looks highly unlikely and Arsene Wenger will have to look elsewhere.
Morata feels he is now back “home” after being presented to the press following his return to Real from Juventus and has no thoughts about making a sharp exit.
Los Blancos had a buy-back clause inserted into his contract with the Old Lady and, after Morata scored 15 league goals from 63 Serie A outings for the Turin club, they have chosen to exercise that option.
There had been suggestions that Real could look to sell Morata to Arsenal or Chelsea and make a huge profit.
However he will instead be part of a strike force including Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema and he could barely contain his happiness at being in the capital once again.
“It’s a joyous day for me,” he said. “I’m back at home, it’s been two long years and a long wait for my return. There are times when you need to mature. I’ve come to give up my life [for Madrid], as I’ve always done.”